Getting Help From Probate Lawyers with the Application
Probate lawyers (also called estate lawyers) help you with the steps required to finalize an estate. Usually the executor or executrix of a will does this. During probate, the assets or property of someone who has died are given to the beneficiaries named in that person’s will. Click this link to learn more about the role of the executor.
Probate lawyers make the probate application for you. Probate proves the validity of the will, confirms the last valid will and decides who controls the estate. Probate in Alberta gives everyone involved in the estate certainty that the last wishes are being followed. Learn more about Alberta probate law here. If there is no will, a similar but different process is followed.
The Estate Administration and Probate Process
The finalizing of an estate can be a long process. At a minimum, probating an estate can take three or four months. For complicated estates with many beneficiaries the process can take over a year. Learn more about the steps and how long probate takes here. Until the surrogate court grants an order for probate, no one has the legal right to act for the estate. Probate protects the executor by getting permission / authorization to act on behalf of the estate. Executors are allowed to be paid (learn more here) for their work. Without taking all the proper legal steps the executor can be held personally liable. There are important things to know when dealing with the property of someone who has died. Note: executor/executrix is now referred to as a personal representative. Learn who can help with the probate process; click here.
Do I Need to Probate an Estate in Alberta?
Our probate lawyers offer a no charge initial consultation for probating estates. We will let you know if probate is not required. Some of the factors to decide if an estate need probating is if there is land involved (and how it is held), they types of other assets held, where and how assets are held and the size of some assets like bank accounts. Learn the difference between probate and letters of administration. You may also want to learn about the risks of trying to avoid probate. Learn more about probating an out of province will here.
The Cost of Probate Fees
Unlike other provinces, the Provincial fees for probating an estate are very low. As above, we do not charge for initial consultations and if no probate is required, you will not pay us anything after that first meeting. We have two options for our legal fees when acting for an estate during probate. They are either flat rate or based on the value of the estate. We will let you know your costs prior to incurring costs with us. Use this link to see our legal fees for probating an estate.
Getting Help from Probate Lawyers
The Calgary probate lawyers and estate lawyers at Kahane Law Office can help you when a family member or loved one has passed away and you are executor for them. You can reach us toll-free at 1-877-225-8817, 403-225-8810 locally or email us directly here today to contact us. For more information, click here to watch our video on probate and probate lawyers.